Arthritis Part 1: Osteoarthritis & Joint Repair

Osteoarthritis (OA) is pretty simple. Basically, there’s wear-and-tear on our joints, which is balanced by certain maintenance processes. As long as maintenance can keep up with the wear-and-tear, we’re fine. But as we get older, maintenance slows down while wear-and-tear doesn’t. So the joint starts to erode. This is when OA starts. Younger people can also get OA if they put an unusual stress on their joints. This is a problem for certain athletes, especially power lifters. (Please note: it isn’t your bones which are eroding in OA, but the cartilage which cushions the ends of the bones. Osteoarthritis needs to be treated differently than osteoporosis!)